Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) at Akron Zips (0-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 12, 2015, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Akron Zips +11.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5
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Pittsburgh will try to pick up their second win on the road at Akron this Saturday.
Pittsburgh is coming off of a close win at home against Youngstown St 45-37. Pittsburgh didn’t throw the ball much but quarterback Chad Voytik went 9/14 for 72 yards and 1 touchdown. The biggest story from the game was the loss of running back James Conner for the season with an MCL injury. Running Back Qadree Ollison filled in and had 16 carries for 207 yards and 1 touchdown. Ollison had a huge game averaging 12.9 yards a carry. Pittsburgh’s defense struggled against a weak Youngstown St team they allowed 37 points. Leading Pittsburgh defense was linebacker Nicholas Grigsby who recorded 7 tackles and 2 sacks. Pittsburgh will need to fix some things on defense, as they will take on a tougher opponent in Akron. Look for Pittsburgh pound the running game against Akron.
Akron was beat on the road last week against Oklahoma 41-3. Akron couldn’t get anything going on offense or defense. Quarterback Kyle Pohl struggled going 6/17 for only 88 yards. Running back Tra’Von Chapman had 14 carries for 48 yards. Akron’s leading receiver was Jerome Lane who caught 3 passes for 57 yards. Akron’s defense was picked apart for 41 points. Leading the Akron defense was DeAndre Scott who recorded an interception. Akron’s defense was picked apart by the passing game. Lucky for Akron Pittsburgh primarily runs the ball, which Akron was able to stop last week.
Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 against the spread in their last 8 road games. Pittsburgh is 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 games overall. Akron is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 home games. Akron is 1-8 in their last 9 games overall.
Pittsburgh is a better team overall than Akron. Akron struggled last week and i think they will play better this week, but Pittsburgh should be able to cover on the road.